Marissa was also an Army Spouse of the Year in 2018.  When the family moved to Fort Carson, as soon as their family move was complete, Marissa proceeded post-haste to find our local AUSA chapter and joined us immediately.  She soon volunteered to serve on the Chapter Executive Committee and stepped up to serve as our Vice President of Family Programs.  She's made a huge difference by helping FRG's.

Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship and confidence.  ~ Brian O'Connell


Yvonne was busy bringing the non-profit business she co-founded, Operation Deploy Your Dress, to Fort Carson, which was completed last summer.  She then joined our Chapter shortly thereafter and became active with our Executive Committee.  During most of their tour here until recently, her husband, LTC Mike Coombes, Commander of 3-29 FA, 3ABCT, 4ID, has been deployed to Afghanistan.  Yvonne is in the running for the Armed Forces Spouse of the Year too.

AUSA has 121 chapters located worldwide. Made up entirely of volunteers, they provide recreational and educational opportunities to Soldiers and their families. AUSA and its chapters have contributed well over $2,000,000 to awards, and scholarships, not to mention countless volunteer hours in support of Soldier and family programs. Our collective mission is to support our Soldiers and the civilians and families who work alongside of them in the local community.

"Voice for the Army - Support for the Soldier"

If interested, please contact John Crean at for more information

AUSA Distinguished Service Award Recipient - 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting:

​Chuck Moneypenny

compassion to action

Marissa and her family were selected as the Fort Benning Army Family of the Year for 2017. They were presented with that honor at an awards ceremony at that post in Georgia. 


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Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. ~ Erma Bombeck

Marissa Bolado


Yvonne Coombes

Chuck Moneypenny continues his remarkable performance as a member of the Pikes Peak Chapter.  A long-time contributing member of the Chapter, to include a stint as the PPC President, and who is now our Chapter Treasurer, we count on Chuck to provide sound leadership and on-point guidance to Chapter members and volunteers.  For his experienced and selfless service to our Chapter, Chuck is a "Soaring Eagle" awardee, the highest AUSA Region 7 award honor.  In November 2019, he was awarded the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC Military Affairs Council (MAC) "Award for Excellence," and most recently (Oct 2020) he received the prestigious AUSA National DSA cited above.

Do the right thing


I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  ~ Maya Angelou

Yvonne Coombes is the reigning Army Spouse of the Year (2020) and continues to serve the military community today. 

​​Association of the U.S. Army - Pikes Peak Chapter 


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